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Blunt, Rubio, Young Reintroduce Legislation to Protect Veterans From Predatory Practices

June 05, 2019

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senators Roy Blunt (Mo.), Marco Rubio (Fla.), and Todd Young (Ind.) reintroduced the Protect Our Disabled Heroes Act of 2019, legislation to protect our nation’s disabled veterans from unethical and unfair practices while applying for Veterans Administration (VA) disability claims. Specifically, the bill would protect disabled veterans from unethical fees charged by third party organizations in preparing and executing veterans disability claims. It would also reinstate criminal penalties for individuals charging veterans these unauthorized fees.

Since the creation of the VA, numerous independent Veteran Service Organizations have assisted veterans in filing disability claims free of charge. However, many veterans are unaware that such services should be provided at no cost, and instead seek assistance through attorneys and organizations that charge a filing fee.

“It is absolutely reprehensible for anyone to seek a profit by defrauding disabled veterans,” said Blunt. “The criminals who prey upon veterans’ efforts to get the benefits they have earned must be held accountable. By protecting disabled veterans from scams and fraudulent fees, this bill will help us do our part to honor the sacrifices these heroes have made.”

“It’s appalling that bad actors take advantage of our brave veterans trying to secure disability benefits, and we should do everything possible to protect them against predatory practices,” said Rubio. “Our veterans served our country honorably and they deserve better. It’s past time that scam artists who prey on our nation’s heroes are held accountable.”

“Charging unfair fees to take advantage of disabled veterans is truly appalling,” said Young. “As a Marine, I’m proud to cosponsor this bill, which would reinstate criminal penalties for these unethical, immoral acts and protect our disabled veterans. We must do all we can to protect those who have already sacrificed so much.”   

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